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SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry

How Aspirin Entered Our Medicine Cabinet

Authors: Rooney, Steven M., Campbell, J.N.

  • Outlines the story of one of the most common medicines
    Describes the complex relationship between conflict and scientific discovery
    Comments on the relationship between chemical theory and medical applications

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About this book

This brief traces the story of one of our most common medicines – aspirin. On a journey involving science, diverse characters, shady business deals, innovative advertising and good old-fashioned luck, Rooney and Campbell describe how aspirin was developed and marketed on a global scale. Starting at the beginning of the twentieth century, the authors explain the use of aspirin during the First World War, the development of competition drugs such as ibuprofen during the interwar years, and the application of aspirin to heart disease in the 1950s and 1960s. On a broader level, Rooney and Campbell show that the development of America’s modern pharmaceuticals was a complex weaving of chemistry and mass culture. They argue that aspirin’s story provides a way to understand the application of complex chemical formulas in medical results. This brief is of interest to historians of chemistry and medicine as well as the general educated reader.

About the authors

Steven M. Rooney taught AP Chemistry at The Episcopal School of Dallas for thirteen years. After starting his career in research, he believed fervently in getting students interested in science by showing them how to think for themselves. Steven received an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As an independent scholar, he lives in Dallas with his wife Teri, and their small parrot, Gypsy.

J.N. Campbell is an independent scholar whose interests include, twentieth century mass culture, and the vast swath that is, World History.  He received his M.A. in History from the University of Kentucky, and an M.A. from the Parsons School of Design.  A native Texan, he lives in Houston.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Aspirin’s Space

    Rooney, Steven M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Aspirin and the Chemistry Laboratory

    Rooney, Steven M. (et al.)

    Pages 5-17

  • Aspirin and the Medicine Cabinet, Part I

    Rooney, Steven M. (et al.)

    Pages 19-32

  • Aspirin and the Medicine Cabinet, Part II

    Rooney, Steven M. (et al.)

    Pages 33-45

  • Aspirin and the Doctor’s Office

    Rooney, Steven M. (et al.)

    Pages 47-54

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54615-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54614-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Aspirin Entered Our Medicine Cabinet
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54615-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54615-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-54614-8
Series ISSN
2212-991X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 62
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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